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Hello!

I have been on Zoloft for approx 25years with several failed attempts of fast tapers from doctors.

Could someone please help with a taper schedule for coming off 100mg?

I have been looking at compounding pharmacies, but I just don’t know where to start with this taper moving forward.

Any advice will be much appreciated 🙂

Zoloft 

approx 25years, have tried to come off a few times over the years with Doctors fast taper method.

sorry but I do not remember dates, exact taper schedule ect.

 

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Hello, and welcome to Surviving Antidepressants. We are a peer support forum to assist in tapering off psychiatric drugs safely, or recovering from psychiatric drug withdrawal.

 

Due to your long term use I would suggest looking at The Brassmonkey Slide Method of Micro-tapering . This involves reducing your current dose by 10% every 6 weeks, by reducing 2.5% every week for four weeks, and then holding for two weeks. This is easier on the brain than the usual 10%/month we recommend, but would be advisable given your history.

 

This would look something like:

 

Start dose: 100mg

Week 1: 97.5mg

Week 2: 95mg

Week 3: 92.5mg

Week 4: 90mg

Week 5: 90mg

Week 6: 90mg

 

Week 7: 87.75mg

Week 8: 85.5mg

Week 9: 83.25mg

Week 10: 81mg

Week 11: 81mg

Week 12: 81mg

 

and so on.

 

Following this plan you would reach 50mg in 9 months, 25mg in 18 months, 12.5mg in 27 months, etc.

 

Fortunately for you there is a wealth of compounding pharmacies in Australia that will make the custom doses you need for a reasonable price. If you read this thread you will find some options for Australia: Getting compound custom dosages at compounding pharmacies (US, UK, Canada, and elsewhere)

 

We have had a couple of Australian members using compounded doses, but unfortunately neither of them are active anymore, otherwise I would ask them on your behalf to recommend one.

Active Monday-Friday UK time

 

Taper calculator spreadsheet

 

MEDICATION:

1) Sertraline:

50mg - Oct 2020, 100mg - Dec 2020, 50mg - April 2021, 75mg - May 2021, 50mg - Sep 2021, 55mg - 23 Feb 2024, 60mg - 20 March 2024, Start tapering - 24 April 2024

Current dose: 55.09mg  (1 July 2024)

2) Mirtazapine:

15mg - Nov 2020

SUPPLEMENTS:

Cod liver oil, Magnesium, Vitamin C

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On 12/11/2020 at 11:44 PM, ChessieCat said:

Ian Owles

Australia Online Compounding Chemist

http://www.australiancompoundingchemist.com.au

10 Kosciusko Crescent

Southport, QLD 4215

07 3040 1960

0422 64 3378

I suggest you get a number of quotes if compounding is the route you wish to take.

 

Active Monday-Friday UK time

 

Taper calculator spreadsheet

 

MEDICATION:

1) Sertraline:

50mg - Oct 2020, 100mg - Dec 2020, 50mg - April 2021, 75mg - May 2021, 50mg - Sep 2021, 55mg - 23 Feb 2024, 60mg - 20 March 2024, Start tapering - 24 April 2024

Current dose: 55.09mg  (1 July 2024)

2) Mirtazapine:

15mg - Nov 2020

SUPPLEMENTS:

Cod liver oil, Magnesium, Vitamin C

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Thank you so much everyone, this is so helpful.

I really appreciate it!

Zoloft 

approx 25years, have tried to come off a few times over the years with Doctors fast taper method.

sorry but I do not remember dates, exact taper schedule ect.

 

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